Christoph König is a conductor of deep intelligence and musicality. His conducting is marked by an energetic and serious approach to musical collaboration and a commitment to thoughtful and stimulating programming. He currently holds positions as Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (from January 2009 until December 2014) and Principal Conductor & Music Director of the Solistes Européens Luxembourg (from September 2010). With Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Musica he has toured Brazil and Europe including performances in Vienna, Rotterdam, Strasbourg, and Madrid. With the Solistes Européens Luxembourg he has performed at the Cologne Philharmonie and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
König is in demand as a guest conductor. Recent performances have included engagements with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Danish National Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Dresden Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic, Real Filharmonía de Galícia, Radio Orchestra (RTVE) in Madrid, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Euskadi, New Zealand Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra whom he led on a highly successful tour of China (2008).
Since his debut in the US in 2010 he has conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Colorado Symphony Orchestras.
In the current season he will conduct the Deutsche Radio Phiharmonie Saarbrücken, Malaysia Philharmonic, and Adelaide Symphony for the first time and returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Real Filharmonia Galicia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony, New Jersey, Oregon and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.
Christoph König’s reputation as an opera conductor rose swiftly after stepping in at short notice to successfully direct Zürich Opera’s 2003 production of Jonathan Miller’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has also led Zurich Opera in productions of Die Zauberflöte and Il Turco in Italia with Cecilia Bartoli and Ruggero Raimondi. Other operatic productions include Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart and Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
CD recordings include Schönberg and Prokofiev (Romeo & Juliet), Saariaho and Sibelius (Symphony No 7) with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (Ao Vivo), Melcer with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion), Beethoven Symphonies with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (DB Productions) and Prokofiev and Mozart with the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg (SEL Classics).
König was born in Dresden, where he sang in the celebrated Dresdner Kreuzchor. He studied conducting, piano and singing at the Dresdner Musikhochschule. His early work as a conductor took him to masterclasses given by, amongst others, Sergiu Celibidache, and Sir Colin Davis, with whom he worked as assistant conductor/ Korrepetiteur at the Dresden Opera/Sächsische Staatskapelle. He began his professional career as Erster Kapellmeister at the Opera in Bonn.
They are Europeans, these musicians from the best orchestras of the old continent who have been playing together regularly in Luxembourg for more than 20 years - their first concert was on 20 September 1989 - in concerts and making recordings. They also tour regularly.
Every season in Luxembourg, and now in the capital's magnificent Philharmonie, they offer their faithful public two cycles of Monday concerts. They also appear at the international festivals of Echternach and Wiltz. They have accompanied the most renowned soloists and captivated both audiences and critics in the major European musical centers. In May 2004 they performed at the UN in New York to mark the EU enlargement.
The Solistes Européens, Luxembourg have recorded more than 100 CDs, including all Haydn's London Symphonies on Sony Classical, and 7 DVDs. They have performed on German, Czech, Hungarian and Polish TV and on many European, American and Asian radio stations through made broadcasts of their concerts by the EUR network. They have a very large repertoire and by playing works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Milan Slavicky, Arvo Pärt and Thierry Escaich, they have extended their range to contemporary composers.
Equally eager to promote the future of music, each season the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg organize concerts for young talents: Since 2006 they have been a partner of MIDEM CLASSICAL AWARDS for the "Outstanding Young Artist" in partnership with IAMA, the International Artists Managers' Association. In 2007 they were the official orchestra of the Midem Classical Awards Ceremony.
In September 2010 Christoph König has been appointed Musical Director and Principal conductor.
They founded and promote the European Music Academy at Schengen (EMA). In 2005 they started, in the chamber music hall of the Philharmonie Luxembourg, an CAMERATA cycle entitled "From one generation to the other".
The SEL, whose activities are supported by the Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research, the Fonds Culturel National, Ville de Luxembourg and numerous sponsors is one of the main hubs of Luxembourg's musical life.